Traditionally Marries Maasai Girl

Michael Rannerberger, the former United States of America ambassador to Kenya, traditionally marries Maasai girl at Ololchani village in Narok county.

Ranneberger married Ruth Konchella nearly ten years ago after divorcing his first wife.

The former Ambassador met his wife during a tour at the Enoosaen area.

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He had gone to see cows donated by members of the Uasin Gishu clan to the American government in remembrance of those who died during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.

Traditionally Marries Maasai Girl

His wife Ruth was among the group of women who danced and welcomed him when he toured the Enoosaen area.

They spoke briefly and exchanged contacts soon after.

At the time, Ruth managed a non-governmental organisation known as ‘Cherise Others’ which was involved in a campaign to fight female genital mutilation and early marriages.

Traditionally Marries Maasai Girl

Ruth was full of joy and expressed delight in her husband’s decision to adhere to African customs by paying dowry to her mother.

“This is a very special day in my life since I do not know what to say but I am grateful that my husband has seen the need to comply to this very important custom to the members of the Maasai community and all Africans.”

She added that he spent the most of Monday at the Kilgoris Livestock market bargaining for the cattle.

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Rannerberger paid 20 cows as dowry to his mother-in-law, Grace Mesopirr.

The couple are going to stay in the country for a while as Maasai culture demands that any son-in-law marrying from the community must first sleep in the woman’s homestead.

A few invited guests were present at the colorful ceremony with a lot of drinks and nyama choma to celebrate.